Historic Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, VA

Are you in the Christmas spirit?  I sure am!  Today I’m sharing a Christmas home tour that I attended a few weekends ago in the historic tree street area of Waynesboro, Virginia.

I’ve admired all of these homes for years while walking the tree streets with my mom and looked forward to seeing the inside of each of the homes.  We definitely weren’t disappointed by any, all five homes were spectacular!

2015 Historic Homes Christmas Tour in Waynesboro, VA

I’m sharing four of the homes today and will share the fifth in its own post.

 

Wood House

This 1920 Colonial Revival  is across the street and a few doors down from my mom’s 1912 Walnut Avenue home.  Martha and Doug Wood purchased this home in 1984 and have done a beautiful job of restoring it.

Isn’t this an inviting entry?Waynesboro Virginia Christmas Home Tour-Wood House

 

It was hard to take pictures on the tour, but even though it was crowded, I had to get one of these urns that flanked the front door.

2015 Historic Homes tour in Waynesboro, VA |  Beautifully decorated urns

 

This elegant nativity was on the grand piano in the foyer.

2015 Christmas Historic Homes Tour in Waynesboro, VA | Nativity Scene

 

There was so much elegant decor to see in this home.  The two men walking behind me told me that some of the pieces in this home were purchased in Buckhead.  Isn’t this decorated for Christmas chandelier pretty?

Chandelier Decorated for Christmas on the 2015 Waynesboro, VA Historic Homes Tour.

 

I went on the tour with my mom, aunt, cousin, and Megan from Rhapsody in Rooms.  That’s Megan that you see in the picture.  🙂  I kept getting behind our group because I couldn’t stop looking at everything!

Beautifully set table using Lenox Winter Greetings on the 2015 Waynesboro Historic Christmas Homes Tour.

 

This lovely Christmas china is Winter Greetings by Lenox.

Winter Greetings China by Lenox

 

 

Harris House

This 1940 Cape Cod is a TJ Collins design.  If you are from the Waynesboro/Staunton area, then you’ve probably heard of TJ Collins, if you aren’t, his architecture can be found in the area.  The same family lived in this home for decades until Reid and Katie Harris purchased it in 2012.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

I loved how the homeowner folded the napkins on each plate, added the silverware, and tied it all together with a burlap ribbon.  I saw no other eating area in the home, so they must use their dining room on a daily basis.  How many people these days can say that they do that?

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The dining room led into what probably once was a breakfast room, now used as an office.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

Looking the other way you can see this room’s cabinets.  This area would be a great place to set up a buffet for a dinner party.  Note the fun stencil used on the backsplash area.  I knew this stencil design the second I saw it, it’s the Herringbone Shuffle Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studios.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The breakfast area leads to the kitchen.  I like the old cabinets and hope that the homeowners keep them.  It’s nice to see a cozy kitchen for a change instead of a massive one.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The first floor also had a pretty family room that I didn’t get to take a picture of and this charming play room.  I wonder if the lawyer who used to live here used it as his home office?

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

Upstairs there was a large master with a bathroom.  I was pretty impressed that a home built in 1940 had a bathroom that was actually a decent size.  The dresser in the dormer area appears to be built-in.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The girls’ rooms were so cute.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The homeowner made the cradle holding the dolls at the end of the bed.  The closet is a mini library and the daughter who occupies the room even had a book check out system posted.  I love the idea of using a gossip bench as an end table.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

The cat who lives here was too cute not to photograph.  I’m sure he wondered why so many people were in his home that day.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro, Virginia Home Tour-Harris House

 

 

Doherty House

This 1917 home owned by Sara and Steve Doherty has three stories to enjoy.  Steve Doherty is an artist and his studio occupies the third floor.  The owners love of art was evident as art was displayed through the house.

2015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home

 

It must have taken quite a while to wire balls to the wrought iron fence that surrounds the home on two sides.

2015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home

 

The large front porch held a tree and nutcrackers on one side of the door…

2015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home - Outside Porch decor

 

and a decorated table and bench on the other side.

22015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home- Outdoor Porch Decor

 

I didn’t take a lot of pictures inside of this home.  I found the carolers on the mantel to be charming.  Sara Doherty is a Master Gardener and I would bet that this arrangement is her work.

2015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home

 

This family room with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace was so cozy, definitely where I’d want to spent time if I were the homeowner.

2015 Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, Virginia-Doherty Home

 

This house belonging to the former superintendent of Waynesboro City Schools is next door.  I’d love to tour it!

2015 Waynesboro Historic Homes Christmas Tour

 

 

Gunther House

Kathy and Bob Gunther’s 1900 home is a Colonial Revival, American Foursquare.  This home is a lot more spacious than it appears from the street.  The Gunthers purchased the home in 1987.  They made the attic usable space with the addition of a spiral staircase.  They’ve also expanded the back to add a kitchen and family room.

Christmas Home Tour in Waynesboro, VA 2015 - Kathy and Bob Gunther's Home

 

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

The parlor includes a Lester Reproducing baby grand piano that was cranking out Christmas tunes the day of the tour.Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

I loved how the homeowner used Osage Oranges as Christmas decor.

Osage Oranges used as Christmas decor

 

The dining room was packed with elegant antiques.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

This mirror was over the fireplace in the family room/kitchen addition.  If you look in the mirror, you can see the Christmas tree and also get a glimpse of the kitchen.  Dr. Gunther had his childhood Lionel train in operation around the base of the tree.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

This cute floral snowman was on the kitchen counter.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

Upstairs were three bedrooms furnished with beautiful antiques.

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

Displayed throughout the house were example’s Kathy’s needlework.  Her children are grown but in each bedroom she displayed a few of the Christmas outfits that she made for them as children.

 

Christmas 2015 Waynesboro Virginia Home Tour-Gunther House

 

There is one more house to share, but like a mentioned at the beginning of the post, I’m going to share it separately.  The home owner is letting me use her pictures for the post and I could not be more excited to share her decor with you.

 

Have you been  on any Christmas home tours this year?

Comments

  1. You did such a good time documenting the house tour! Your pictures are gorgeous! I had so much fun going on the tour with you!

  2. Beautiful! Gorgeous homes!!! thanks for all the pics! Merry Christmas!

  3. Wonderful tour! I live in the Shenandoah Valley (Strasburg) so I love seeing homes from our state. Thanks for sharing these beautiful Christmas decorations! Love that snowman (made from carnations???)

  4. What beautiful homes they all were! Love the snowman made from roses. Too cute!

  5. Terry Maes says:

    Thanks for sharing those. Beautiful.

  6. I thought the things you called Osage oranges was called horse apples?

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